Our Team

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JP Gladu

President and CEO

Jean Paul (JP) Gladu is currently the President and CEO of the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) based in Toronto. Anishinaabe from Thunder Bay JP is a member of Bingwi Neyaashi Anishinaabek located on the eastern shores of Lake Nipigon, Ontario. JP completed a forestry technician diploma in 1993, obtained an undergraduate degree in forestry from Northern Arizona University in 2000, holds an Executive MBA from Queens University and the ICD.D from Rotman School of Management University of Toronto. JP has over two decades of experience in the natural resource sector. His career path includes work with Aboriginal communities and organizations, environmental non-government organizations, industry and governments from across Canada.  In JP’s current capacity at CCAB, he speaks extensively not only across Canada but internationally as he shares the challenges and successes of Aboriginal business in Canada today.

Currently, JP serves on the Board of Ontario Power Generation and Noront Resources as well as the Canadian Electricity Association Public Advisory Panel.  He has most recently been appointed as the Chancellor of St. Paul’s University College Waterloo.  His previous appointments include Colleges and Institutes Canada (previously ACCC), the Northern Policy Institute, Canadian Foundation for Economic Education, advisory member to the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, a committee member to the Provincial Forest Policy Committee. In 2014, he was identified as a Diversity 50 Board Ready Candidate from the Canadian Board Diversity Council and a recipient of the Community Service Award – Transformation Awards from Diversity Magazine.

As a father to his young daughter Chloe, along with a passion for his community, his culture and traditions; JP brings the past, present and future to the table, moving non-Aboriginal and Aboriginal business toward sustainable partnerships and shared economic prosperity.

416.961.8663 ext. 235
jpgladu@ccab.com

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Tabatha Bull

Chief Operating Officer

Tabatha Bull is currently the COO of the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business in Toronto. Tabatha is Anishinaabe and a proud member of Nipissing First Nation near North Bay, Ontario. An electrical engineer from the University of Waterloo, Tabatha spent the first 2 decades of her career in the electrical consulting and energy industry. Prior to joining the CCAB, Tabatha led the First Nations and Métis Relations team at the IESO, Ontario’s electricity system operator. In that time she focussed on building strong relationships with Indigenous communities and leaders in Ontario and developing partnerships, procurement and capacity development programs to enable Indigenous communities to be active participants and partners in the Energy Sector.

As a testament to her passion to better the lives of Indigenous people and stay connected to her community, Tabatha is in her 12th year as a Director on the Board of Wigwamen Housing Inc.; the oldest and largest urban Indigenous housing provider in Ontario.

Tabatha is the proud mom to two boys and can often be found in a hockey arena or at the baseball diamond.

416.961.8663 ext. 223
tbull@ccab.com

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Lynda Keith

Director, Marketing

Lynda Keith has worked in the Marketing, Communications, Special Events and Sponsorship industries for over 25 years and is the principal of Lynda Keith – Marketing, Communications & Events. She began her career at the Bay, heading up the Special Events Dept. for their flagship store and later was promoted to Senior Manager, National Special Events for the retail chain. Between positions at the Bay, Lynda took on the role of Director, Marketing and Retail Services for Yorkdale Shopping Centre. Next, Lynda turned her sights to the non-profit sector becoming Manager, Marketing and Communications, for the Toronto Zoo. Most recently Lynda was the Director, Resource Development, for Camp Maple Leaf, a camp for disadvantaged kids and children of Military families. Lynda has a B.A. in Communications from the University of Windsor.

416.961.8663 ext. 224
lkeith@ccab.com

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Gloria Truong

Marketing Manager

Gloria obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Kinesiology and Health Sciences along with a Sports Administration Certificate from York University. After university, her interests in sports and events led her to working with private and non-profit organizations such as Hala Events, Bridgepoint Health Foundation, and Israel Tennis Centers Foundation. Gloria has extensive experience in planning a variety of events that include galas, tennis and golf tournaments, and corporate meetings/conferences. In her spare time, Gloria enjoys travelling and eating around the world.

416.961.8663 ext. 227
gtruong@ccab.com

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Ken Montour

Membership Relations Manager

Ken Montour (Bear Clan) is a Mohawk from the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory and has joined the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business as Membership Relations Manager.

Ken completed an e-Business Diploma from Mohawk College and then went on to receive his BA in Communication Studies from Brock University.

Previously Ken worked at the Chiefs of Ontario, and for 9 years, was honoured to have an exciting career at Indspire (formerly the National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation), growing into a seasoned fundraising professional, working primarily with Corporate Relations. Through Indspire, Ken worked on a total of 22 career conferences for Indigenous high school students, 9 Indspire Awards that honours Indigenous Achievement across Canada and the first 4 National Gathering for Indigenous Education conferences.

While not stewarding relationships between the private sector and Indigenous charities, Ken can be found at 12,000 feet; as a Skydiving enthusiast and videographer, filming students and other professional skydivers!

416.961.8663 ext. 229
kmontour@ccab.com

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Summer Jones

Membership Coordinator

Summer Jones has recently joined the CCAB team as our Receptionist through our partnership with Miziwe Biik. Summer is of Anishinaabe decent and actively maintains a connection to her roots, culture and community. Summer was born on a southern Ontario farm, lived across North America and currently calls Toronto her home. Her career started out in the culinary arts where her love of food allowed her to nurture her administrative, management and coordination skills. Before joining CCAB, she was working as an account manager at Royal Bank where she further cultivated her customer service skills. Summer has numerous years working with the public and is excited to be a part of the CCAB team. When she’s not at work, Summer enjoys practicing Shaolin martial arts, making music, and spending time in nature with her loved ones.

416.961.8663 ext. 234
sjones@ccab.com

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Paul-Emile McNab

Director, Business Development and Strategic Initiatives

Paul-Emile re-joined the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business on October 31st, 2016. Prior to that, he had been active in the field of Research, Consulting and Business Development for the past fourteen years. In 2007, he completed his honours degree in History, Political Science and Canadian Studies at the University of Toronto and his Masters in Environmental Studies at York University, with a focus on Indigenous knowledge and a Major Research Paper titled The Traditional Rights of Ways on the Walpole Island First Nation, via Henry Ford.

In the spring 2013, he finished a research project on a Métis narrative of the War of 1812-14 for the Métis Nation of Ontario. In August 2013, he joined the CCAB as a Research Analyst and completed the Ontario Aboriginal Business Survey 2014 and led the National Aboriginal Business Survey, which was released in 2016. He is a Métis scholar who has been published in numerous books, articles and magazines. He completed work as a Researcher and Consultant alongside the late author James Laxer and his bestselling books titled Tecumseh & Brock The War of 1812 and Staking Claims to a Continent. In May 2015, he joined the Canadian Board Diversity Council managing the Research Portfolio, which included the Annual Report Card 2015-16 and the Diversity 50 initiative. He is of Métis descent with ancestors attached to Métis Scrip applications and currently resides in Toronto.

416.961.8663 ext. 239
pmcnab@ccab.com

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Philip Ducharme

Director, Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Philip Ducharme is a proud Metis with all eight of his Great-Grandparents attached to Metis Scrip applications. He graduated from the University of Regina through the Gabriel Dumont Institute in Business Administration. Philip has spent the last 20 years working with numerous national Aboriginal organizations helping to advance Aboriginal peoples in various sectors including business, employment, education and health.

Philip has rejoined CCAB as the Director, Innovation and Entrepreneurship and is excited to be part of CCAB’s advancement Aboriginal business in Canada.

Philip’s greatest passion is road trips and is proud to say that he has driven the entire Trans Canada Highway from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean.

416.961.8663 ext. 230
pducharme@ccab.com

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Tracy Morningstar

TFAB Program Coordinator

Tracy Morningstar was born and raised in Mississauga #8 First Nation, at the mouth of the Mississauga River on the North Shore of Lake Huron (Blind River, Ontario).   After a 1994 Land Claim trust was created, Tracy entered her name and was successfully elected as a Trustee for the Mississaugi Trust (June 2006-2012).

Prior to coming to CCAB, Tracy was the Administration Coordinator for New Gold during the construction phase of the Rainy River mine. After the construction phase of the mine, Tracy was responsible for a number of duties related to contract administration and large contract procurement practices. Prior to that she worked as a Chef and Administrator for two food service companies in Northwestern Ontario. Tracy also enjoys pitching for the “Red Gut Babes” in the Rainy River District Women’s fastball league. She looks forward to watching the Toronto Blue Jays and Raptors games in the city.

416.961.8663 ext. 233
tmorningstar@ccab.com

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Luanne Whitecrow

Director of Progressive Aboriginal Relations (PAR) Program

Luanne Whitecrow is an Ojibway from the Seine River First Nation in Ontario. She graduated from the Toronto School of Business with diplomas in Micro Computer Business Applications, Network and Communications, and Office Administration. She has 5 years’ experience working within the Aboriginal community in the Greater Toronto Area, where she worked at the Aboriginal Business Resource Centre in marketing and promotion for the Toronto Aboriginal Business Association, its annual TABA Awards, and the Small Business Certificate Program. She played a key role in providing networking and guided support to Aboriginal artists in multiple disciplines: music, art, crafts, and other business ventures.

416.961.8663 ext. 231
lwhitecrow@ccab.com

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Brenda Thwaites

Program Coordinator, PAR Program

Brenda is a member of Serpent River First Nation, born in Toronto, Ontario. As a busy mother of two girls, she enjoys being active in volunteering at school and being in nature – taking long walks with family. Previously, Brenda has held customer service management roles with Sears Canada and program delivery support at Miziwe Biik Aboriginal Employment and Training.

416.961.8663 ext. 248
bthwaites@ccab.com

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Max Skudra

Director, Research & Government Relations

Max has a background in Human Rights, business development and finance. He began his career working for Human Rights Watch in Toronto and New York. He later worked in the financial services industry, performing derivatives administration and valuations analysis in Toronto. Max went on to organize micro-finance and community savings programs in marginalized areas of Bogota, Colombia.

Since 2011 Max has been working for the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business, conducting research on the Aboriginal economy. His research has led to reports on Aboriginal entrepreneurs, Community owned corporations, and Aboriginal business relationships, as well as conferences and roundtables on these topics across the country. This work has informed the Government of Ontario’s $25 million Aboriginal Economic Development Fund, federal and provincial policy, corporate strategy and academic research. Max took a year off to undertake a Master’s degree in Global Development, focusing on Indigenous business development, at Queen’s University. He has since returned to the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business and is currently working on developing the business case for local Aboriginal procurement in the mining sector. He is also organizing a series of roundtables and conferences funded by a grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.

416.961.8663 ext. 232
mskudra@ccab.com

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Brittney Sault

Research Project Manager 

Brittney Sault is a proud member of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation, sharing family ties to the Six Nations of the Grand River community. Holding Bachelors degrees in both Political Science and Criminology from Western University, Brittney found a passion for policy development, inter-governmental relations and relating these sectors to the First Nations political economy and community development. Following this passion, she went on to complete a postgraduate diploma in Public Service where she focused on the analysis and development of First Nations education policies.

With a focus on Aboriginal community development, Brittney has spent most of her professional career working within Aboriginal communities located across Southern Ontario. She also brings a background in marketing and communications to the CCAB research team, having provided strategic communications as part of the Toronto 2017 North American Indigenous Games and Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games Secretariat for the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation.

As a new Torontonian, Brittney spends her free time exploring the city, enjoying live music events, frequenting the Art Gallery of Ontario and spending time outdoors visiting the number of parks located across the city with her dog Gus. Brittney is also an avid volunteer, offering her time to the SPCA, Sunshine Foundation and to therapeutic equine riding programs for children and adults with special needs.

416.961.8663 ext. 237
bsault@ccab.com

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Samantha Morton

Research Project Manager

Samantha Morton obtained a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Degree in Global Development Studies from Queen’s University in 2014. Shortly after that, her passion for diversity and inclusion led her to a position at the Women’s Executive Network (WXN) where she assisted on a number of projects related to the connection, celebration, and advancement of female leaders. Prior to joining CCAB, Samantha was Manager, Member and Client Engagement, for both the Women’s Executive Network and its sister organization, the Canadian Board Diversity Council. She has extensive experience in proposal writing, project management, and client engagement strategy. In her spare time Samantha participates as a Mentor at the Working Women Community Centre, a charitable organization that aims to help immigrant women adjust to living and working in Toronto.

416.961.8663 ext. 241
smorton@ccab.com

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Katarina Savic

Research Coordinator

Katarina Savic is a recent graduate from York University, completing her International Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Political Science and Business. During her third year of study, she did a semester abroad at the University of Geneva where she became advanced in speaking and writing in French. Her love for travel and learning about new cultures took her to travel the world and visit over 20 countries.

Katarina’s strong interest in Aboriginal affairs has led her to her current role as Research Coordinator. Prior to that, her two years of work experience as Student Services Assistant at the York University English Language Institute enhanced her organizational and communication skills which makes her very fit for this position. Outside of work, you can find Katarina volunteering at Native Child and Family Services, tutoring foreigners to improve their English, or at the local gym.

416.961.8663 ext. 244
ksavic@ccab.com

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Andy Avgerinos

Research Coordinator

Andy Avgerinos has a background in the diverse field of Cognitive Science, which seeks to define and explain mental processes, driving him to look deeper into the knowledge, opinions, and past behaviour of target groups. Andy is committed to doing his part to support reconciliation and is always looking for ways to give back to the Indigenous community. In his spare time, Andy enjoys learning about mindfulness meditation and has even participated in a 12-day Vipassana meditation retreat in Eggbert, Ontario, where he practiced mindfulness 10 hours per day!

416.961.8663 ext. 249
aavgerinos@ccab.com

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Viktoriya Zadorozhna

Accounting Specialist

Viktoriya Zadorozhna is a Business graduate from St. Lawrence College; majoring in Accounting. Originally from Kingston, ON, Viktoriya moved to Toronto to pursue a career in Accounting/Finance and to receive her Chartered Professional Accountant designation. Viktoriya started at the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business in early 2015 as an Intern. Shortly after, she was hired as the Finance Coordinator. Aside from her professional life at CCAB, Viktoriya is a skilled bartender and works part-time in the service industry. She retains over 7 years’ experience in the hospitality field. In her free time, Viktoriya loves to travel and spend time with her friends and family.

416.961.8663 ext. 225
VZadorozhna@ccab.com

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Amanda Powless

Finance Coordinator

Amanda Powless is a proud member of Oneida Nation of the Thames, born and raised in Toronto, Ontario. She graduated from Seneca College with an Accounting Diploma.

Amanda has over 15 years’ experience working in the numerous aboriginal and non-aboriginal accounting fields, including manufacturing, housing, and political  organizations. Amanda is excited to work with CCAB. When not at work, Amanda enjoys spending her time back in Oneida with her Family and Friends.

416.961.8663 ext. 245
APowless@ccab.com